Massachusetts Medical Society: MMS Member News and Notes

MMS Member News and Notes

Emery Neal Brown, MD, PhD (Harvard Medical School, 1987; residency: MGH), received the 2018 Dickson Prize in Science from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). The prize recognizes substantial achievements or sustained progress in the natural sciences, engineering, computer science, or mathematics. According to the CMU faculty nominator, Dr. Brown’s research has been “truly transformative” for the field of anesthesiology. Dr. Brown is the Edward Hood Taplin Professor of Medical Engineering and Computational Neuroscience at MIT, the Warren M. Zapol Professor of Anesthesia at Harvard Medical School, and an anesthesiologist at MGH.

Paul M. Busse, MD, PhD (St. Louis University School of Medicine, 1982; residency: MGH), was named inaugural incumbent of the Joseph W. Cotchett Endowed Chair in Radiation Oncology at MGH. The duties of the chair include advancing research, care, and education in the practice of radiation oncology. Dr. Busse is clinical director of radiation oncology and director of head and neck service at MGH.

Hubert I. Caplan, MD (Tufts University School of Medicine, 1955; residency: Tufts-NEMC/Boston VA), received special recognition and an award for 52 years of service as an active member of the medical staff at Newton-Wellesley Hospital. Since joining Newton-Wellesley in 1967, Dr. Caplan served as the hospital’s chief of rheumatology from 1977–1987 and coordinator of Medical Mortality Review for more than 30 years. Dr. Caplan has been a member of the MMS for 58 years and a longtime trustee, delegate, and committee member, including a decade on the Administration and Management committees.

Elizabeth De Jesus, Ista Egbeto, and Nathanaelle Ibeziako, second-year medical students at Tufts University School of Medicine, were selected for the American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) Minority Medical Student Award Program. The program paired eligible underrepresented minority medical students with ASH mentors to oversee a research project related to hematology. Award winners presented their findings at the ASH annual meeting in December.

Elizabeth George, MD (All India Institute of Medical Sciences, 2011; residency: BWH), Olga Laur, MD (Yale University School of Medicine, 2015; residency: BWH), and Walter F. Wiggins, MD, PhD (Wake Forest School of Medicine, 2014; residency: BWH), won first place in the Radiological Society of North America’s Diagnosis Live Resident Competition. Each team — composed of trainees from US radiology residency programs — evaluated clinical images and submitted a diagnosis. The BWH team was also awarded “ultimate residency program bragging rights.”

Richard A. Sacra, MD (University of Massachusetts Medical School, 1989; residency: Bristol Regional Medical Center), was awarded the 2018 Gerson L’Chaim Prize for Outstanding Medical Missionary Service by African Mission Healthcare. While treating patients in Liberia during the height of the Ebola epidemic, Dr. Sacra contracted the disease. His recovery and return to health strengthened his resolve to help the West Africa region. The award comes with a $500,000 prize, which Sacra plans to use to train Liberian physicians, increase solar capacity, and establish intensive care units. Dr. Sacra is assistant professor of family medicine and community health at UMass Medical School.

Jeanine Wiener-Kronish, MD (University of California, San Francisco, 1976; residency: UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion/University of California, San Francisco), was chosen for a three-year term on the Commission of Sciences de la Vie et de la Sante-4, a grant selection committee for the Fund for Scientific Research in Europe. Dr. Wiener-Kronish is anesthetist-in-chief and the Henry Isaiah Dorr Professor of Research and Teaching in Anaesthetics and Anaesthesia at MGH.

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